Heh, it's an old drawing, but it relfects my current mood, so poof, up it goes. :3
This is the layout for Zipactonal
, one of my retired SM:G RPG
chars, inspired by Godspell lyrics. All skip happy sun fun.
His outfit, by the by, has too much symbolism for its own good. The stripes is based of the Aztec peppermint streaks painted on sacrafices to Tonatiuh (the sun god). Blood sacrafice was practice by males via puncturing their [yahoo] with stingray spines, and letting the blood flow onto white paper to be burned, this the red streaks. But it works for sun lines, too. The feathers and claws represent Huitzilopochtli, Hummingbird on the Left, in addition to the fact the Mesopotamian Shamash had the sun aura shining from his shoudlers...and not his from [yahoo], like the Roman Saturn. Ze feathers are also of Eagle, a more common sun bird. The claws of Hummingbird were to rip out the hearts of sacrafices, but the claws on Zip here also represent Tetzcatlipoca, the Jaguar god, incorporating the grim refrence of the night darkness (Tzitzimime-Star Devils/Sky devils. Litterally). Without the New Fire of the sun every morn, Mesoamericans believed the Sky Devils would come down and destroy the world.
Combining the Eagle, Jaguar, and Hummingbird, Zip is wearing an aspect of every Aztec Knight rank, but combining the sun/blood streaks, feathers, claws, and his green hair, Zip is also the Trinity God of Mesoamerica- Tlaloc (Rain, the first, had drab Green hair, turquoise eyes.), Tonatiuh(Sun, second), and Huitzilopochtli (Hummingbird, War, uniting the three). The Meso-Trinity only existed during the time of the Fifth Sun for the Aztecs, before the conquestedours caused the culture's collapse. 5 suns=End of the World= the five gold disk on the front of Zip's waist, but 9 suns= the number of Shamash, the 9th candle on a menorah. Zip has nine sun disks dangling all around ^^ nine suns also equalling the 9 stars of the Pleides, believed to be the 9 Wisemen Shamsah approached when seeking consul in his judgements. There are also nine straps forming a nonagram around his henshin stone, on his chest. Again with the 9 around the sun. Oi.
Did I mention that I'm crazy? It all makes sense when you factor that in.
Most of the structuring for his outfit, however, was derived from Singhalese Devil Dancers, a practiced believed to dance away disease, the demons,and revive the "old gods"(Devil dancers pre-date Buddhist "enlightenment") in defense the the Presence of a deity, designed to shock/stun/scare the evils out. The outfit also helped visually parallel Shamash's, um, "Sister's" outfit (in the rpg), Ishtar
. So does his color scheme.
...which here, is brought to you by pen, colored inks, PS5 and Illustrator 8.
And now you know far more than you EVER could have cared to. Be happy I didn't wax into Zip's civilian clothes, and have a nice day!